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Child Custody Investigation Case Study

Child Custody Investigation Case Study

Child Custody Investigation Case Study: An American grandmother contacted us to ask for help with a child custody dispute with her son. The client learned her American son was living in an apartment in Tokyo with his second wife and an infant who had been...

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How to Conduct Death Verification in Japan

How to Conduct Death Verification in Japan

Believe it or not, but the fact of death is still considered to be sensitive information in Japan. It is not easy to obtain someone's records of death. Obituaries are only for celebrities or high-profile individuals. You will never find an obituary of...

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Guest Speech At The PI Seminar – The Way PIs Fight

Guest Speech At The PI Seminar – The Way PIs Fight

Our lead investigator, Gor Koyama, was invited as a guest speaker in the PI seminar held on August 7, 2017, at Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan. He was invited as a guest speaker in the symposium session of Mr. Tomonori Takahashi, the attorney at REI LAW...

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Pro Bono Criminal Investigation for Innocense Project

Pro Bono Criminal Investigation for Innocense Project

Rescue an Inmate Who Has Been Imprisoned Due to a False Accusation In collaboration with a private investigator in California, we took on a pro bono case to conduct an investigation and locate a witness for a prison inmate who is serving 19 years for an...

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Four Reasons Why Locating Someone In Japan Is Difficult

Four Reasons Why Locating Someone In Japan Is Difficult

As a bilingual private investigation agency, we always get inquiries from foreign customers to locate people in Japan. However, there are various obstacles to conducting this type of investigation in this country. Unless the person is a high-profile individual, it is...

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Coverage of PRI – Japan drives people vanished

Coverage of PRI – Japan drives people vanished

Interview from the radio program of PRI Mr. Goro Koyama, our lead investigator, was interviewed by Ms. Alina Simon at PRI (Public Radio International) in February 2017. The program was regarding "The Vanished" in Japan, a nonfiction writing by the French journalist....

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How To Request A Background Check In Japan

How To Request A Background Check In Japan

3 things you should keep in mind There are a couple of major issues. Western clients will often face in the background investigation in Japan. You must be aware of these before requesting background investigation in Japan. Due to the bellow mentioned issues,...

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The Pecuriality of Japanese Credit Bureau

The Pecuriality of Japanese Credit Bureau

We have three domestic credit reporting agencies in Japan. They are not the government credit bureau, but the subsidiaries of multiple financial institutions. The data of credit reports must be used solely for financial lending purposes by the Banking Act. It can't be...

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Real Estate Property Investigation

Real Estate Property Investigation

Due Diligence on Real Estate Properties At Japan PI, we support real estate investors to Japanese properties with various kinds of investigative demands. Prices of Japanese real estate properties remain to the lowest level for the past 25 years. Along with the gentle...

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Cheating Spouse – Cultural Aspects in Japan

Cheating Spouse – Cultural Aspects in Japan

Infidelity is often a secret fear of many couples. Unfortunately, those fears may sink into reality. According to research conducted by the > Associated Press, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy just last year, in a whopping 41% of marriages, one or both...

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Locate an Heir

Locate an Heir

Last year, pop icon Prince passed away, leaving his 300-million-dollar estate and no will and testament. With both parents dead, no spouse and no known surviving children, an uproarious legal battle ensued with a large pool of hopefuls claiming to be the rightful...

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Cheating Spouse – A Female Perspective

Cheating Spouse – A Female Perspective

If you’re worried your partner is cheating overseas, chances are you might not be far off the mark. According to the Huffington Post, a whopping 36% of men have admitted to adultery while on a business trip. In cases like military deployment (in Japan alone, there are...

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Cheating Spouse – Male Perspective

Cheating Spouse – Male Perspective

The online-dating service that offers adultery at the click of a button, Ashley Madison, launched their internationally famous website in Japan, four years ago. According to Japan Trends, “The website already boasts over 19 million registered users…with a record of...

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Japan-bound Cheating Travelers

Japan-bound Cheating Travelers

Coveing all over Japan Japan PA help you to catch a cheating spouse in Japan. We are specialized in surveillance to catch cheating husband or wife traveling to Japan with their mistress. Our investigators are ready to trip to any tourist's favorite districts in Japan...

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Due diligence on Pachinko Industry

Due diligence on Pachinko Industry

When our customer tries to have a business with Japanese who runs a Pachinko parlor often wonder if they are a member of a criminal organization or Yakuza. However, situations regarding Pachinko business is more complicated than those outside Japan imagine. In short,...

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First meeting in 60 years between lost siblings

First meeting in 60 years between lost siblings

Joyful meet up The Okinawa Times covered our long lost family service. Emotional first meeting of siblings living apart in Okinawa and the United States --- after 60 years February 8th, 2016 11:31 Okinawa Times Etsuko Kaneshiro (61), who owns an eatery in Goya,...

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Strict privacy laws and missing persons case

Strict privacy laws and missing persons case

It is not easy to search people in Japan due to; Restrictive privacy laws Flaws of government's documenting system of citizens There are no comprehensive proprietary databases for people search or background checks in Japan, which will be the standard in common law...

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Combination of Investigation

Combination of Investigation

Private Investigation and Consulting for Information Gathering Sometimes private investigators are not perfect in terms of information gathering In Japan due to strict privacy laws and  negative perception of PI industry. Therefore, in order to fulfill all the...

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Child Abduction by Japanese Mothers

Child Abduction by Japanese Mothers

At Japan PI, we understand a father’s parental rights should be equally recognized. However, certain Japanese legal procedures can make paternal rights an uphill battle. In this post, we will discuss Japan’s preferential treatment to mothers in custody battles and how...

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Limitations of DUe Diligence in Japan

Limitations of DUe Diligence in Japan

Directorship search in Japan Company registry records from the ministry of justice are publicly available records, but it is not searchable from the name of subject. Therefore, no directorship search is available. On above grounds, we have no choice but to use...

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Hunt for Shinjuku cop killer

Hunt for Shinjuku cop killer

In the evening of February 23, 2014, Goro KOYAMA, our lead investigator happened to encounter a reckless driving car, apparently running away from from patrol cars, with making their way by hitting other cars at Shinjuku, Tokyo. The fugitives, man and woman, later...

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Spy apps for online surveillance

Spy apps for online surveillance

It is not possible to conduct online surveillance without setting up a spy app on the smartphone of the subject and it can never been around various legal issues. So it is not a criteria PIs can get involved with, even though we get many inquiries about this matter....

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Investment cold callers blacklisted in FSA

Investment cold callers blacklisted in FSA

We have more and more Japan related investment fraud cases where fraud companies that pretend to have a physical address in Japan defraud investment money from foreign customers. They are categorized as "Cold Callers" and more and more those entities are being black...

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Citizen documentation system in Japan

Citizen documentation system in Japan

ID number system kicked in 2016 A comprehensive ID number documentation system (My Number) put in practice in Japan in 2016. But the database of this system is used for official purposes only. Therefore, just for ID verification purpose s, complicated double...

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Reunion of Sibilings

Reunion of Sibilings

Reunion of lost siblings over 60 years, between US and Japan 人探しで涙の初対面 当社の調査成果が沖縄タイムズで取り上げられました! 当社は、外国顧客への調査サービスを提供する日本では数少ない探偵社です。 ガラパゴスと呼ばれる特殊性の強い日本と諸外国とのカルチャーギャップを埋める調査サービスを提供し、常に国際的な視点に立って活動しています。...

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How much is locating someone in Japan?

How much is locating someone in Japan?

How much is locating someone in Japan? It is a frequently asked question, but it is very difficult to answer because it depends on your situation. Basically, Japan is a country of strict privacy laws. There are no public records which are searchable only from a name....

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